The Tophane-i Amire (cannon foundry) was one of the first buildings to be established by the Ottomans to create weapons for war. Sultan Mehmed II, who used cannons greatly in the conquest of Constantinople, established the Tophane outside of the city walls of Galata and at the entrance to the Bosphorus. Even though we have limited knowledge about the details of the original construction of the building, it is known that it was much used until the reign of the Sultan Abdulaziz due to the need for weapons and related technology. Over the years, there have been additions made to the building and it has undergone several renovations after fires.
After 1958 the main building was restored and converted into a series of shops. It was kept empty for 40 years, as it could not be decided how to put the building to use. In 1998, Tophane started to serve as the Cultural and Art Center for Mimar Sinan University.
In the Vicinity of Tophane….